We all knew the government could make money off marijuana and less money would be spent on fighting marijuana crimes if the drug was legalized. Not many advocates were promoting that marijuana could reduce overdoses. I will provide an example on how marijuana is doing so on a national level and how one man handled the problem.
A study published by JAMA Internal Medicine researched marijuana laws and death certificate data in all 50 states between 1999 and 2010. Only 13 states had medical marijuana laws but in those states, there was a 25% lower rate of prescription painkiller overdoes deaths after a medical marijuana law was put in place. In 2010, there was 1700 less overdose deaths than expected based on numbers before the medical marijuana laws were in place.
Overdoses are spreading like wildfire in America, and marijuana could be a way to put out that fire. In 2011 over half of drug overdose deaths were in relation to prescriptions. Worldwide, over 1.5 billion people suffer from chronic pain, and 100 million of those people are Americans.
So instead of doctors handing out pain killer prescriptions like the police hand out tickets at the end of a month, why don’t they just start handing out joints?
A former NFL player, Nate Jackson said he smoked marijuana to avoid prescription drugs. He knew the danger that is tied to those drugs and thought marijuana was a safer alternative. Jackson believes the league needs to allow medical marijuana to help players cope with physical pain, psychological damage, and the frequent head injuries caused by the sport.
Without the NFL allowing medical marijuana, players are forced to rely on prescription painkillers and other drugs that do not seem to be helping much. Jackson believes almost over half of NFL players are already using marijuana for a similar reason to why he did.
Jackson also thought that with the public relations issues the NFL has been facing recently, allowing marijuana could help their image.
It is 2015 and doctors need to shift from prescription painkillers to medical marijuana. At this point, it is common sense. The majority of American believe medical marijuana should be legalized. It is clear that medical marijuana can make a difference nationally as well as provide a lot of help to NFL players. It is time for politicians (people who are supposed to represent the the people) to legalize medical marijuana because there are so many benefits in doing so.
So if you have chronic pain, next time ask for zoots not an opioid.